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Make a Difference: How One Man Helped Solve America's Poverty Problem

Make a Difference: How One Man Helped Solve America's Poverty Problem

ISBN: 9780312252236
Publisher: Truman Talley Books
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Since the United States welfare reforms of the late 1990s, individual states are more in charge than ever of the difficult questions posed by welfare change: How do they cut the rolls, create new jobs, and get people to work? Gary MacDougal asserts, definitively, that the answers for how to help "even the toughest longtime inner-city welfare recipients" have already been found; Make a Difference is his effort at outlining them.

MacDougal, who built a successful manufacturing company and was a partner in a management consulting firm before becoming chairman of the Governor's Task Force on Human Services Reform in Illinois, is an intelligent and passionate crusader against poverty. He has visited inner-city schools, housing projects, and prisons to interview those on welfare or raised in poverty about what they would change if they were, say, governor (a technique this conservative businessman calls "asking the customer"). Many of MacDougal's ideas are developed from a commonsense business model and will have universal appeal--connecting and streamlining the number of state and federal aid programs for poor people so that they are less wasteful, for instance. Others, such as his stands on unions and "the poverty industry," will stir controversy. Either way, Make a Difference is a revealing, accessible book that those interested in welfare reform will be unable to ignore. --Maria Dolan

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